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Old 08-24-2011, 01:23 PM   #1
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California i-5 how bumpy ?

I am going to be going up the 5 in September and the last time I was on the 5, I almost lost all my fillings. I am just wondering if they have fixed it at all or is it still a mess ? I know the 99 is OK but my friends want to stop at Harris Ranch for lunch.
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Gonna be a double wammy with the huricane.
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Gonna be a double wammy with the huricane.
WHAT ? A HURICANE IN CALIFORNIA ? DEAR LORD WE ARE DOOMED
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There is a resurfacing project underway on the I-5 corridor. I've seen it the work goin on from the 46 west interchange south to the grapevine. I haven't been north of the 41 west interchange so I don't know about work there. It's down to 1 lane in these sections. Where it is finished, it is smooth as silk. Where they're working on it, it is slow and go. Put on your storm windows and go for it!
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The 5 runs something like 800 miles through California. There are some parts that are really nice...and a few that suck.
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Take the 101 for as much as you can. Better road, more scenic. The 5 is BORING!
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Where in California will you be on the I-5? It runs north/south the length of the state. The quality of the road surface can change drastically in just a few miles!
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Where in California will you be on the I-5? It runs north/south the length of the state. The quality of the road surface can change drastically in just a few miles!
We will be going from the Grapvine to the 580 turn off toward the Bay area. We are actually going to go to the Napa Valley for a few days and then up to Tahoe. Normally I would take the 99 to Manteca and then over but my friends wants to stop at Harris Ranch for lunch. Soooooo, 5 it is !!
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5 through the central valley( Bakersfield through Manteca is not bad. From there on through 20 miles North of Sacramento it is terrible. Just went through there in July. They are working on repaving but the slow lane is terrible. Moving to the fast lane can be an adventure since the pavement is 5 inches higher! 101 is much better but not to get to Harris Ranch.
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A little known "secret" if you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the 5 is Hwy 33. Once down the Grapevine you take 166 west to the 33, and then 33 north right up to Coalinga and Harris Ranch. It might not be quite as fast, but it's in great condition and worth taking at least once just to see a bit more of California.

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A little known "secret" if you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the 5 is Hwy 33. Once down the Grapevine you take 166 west to the 33, and then 33 north right up to Coalinga and Harris Ranch. It might not be quite as fast, but it's in great condition and worth taking at least once just to see a bit more of California.

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Sure wished that I had known that when I was living in Santa Clarita.

Thanks. I will give it a go the next time I am back to CA.

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Harris Ranch is an ok place to stop, but you really ought to try Jocko's in Nipomo or the Hitching Post Steakhouse in Casmalia. Or, Alex BBQ in Shell Beach. All are better choices than Harris Ranch, and all are off the 101. It's a completely win-win solution. I-5 is currently pretty much busted up or under construction, and driving a coach would NOT be fun.
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A little known "secret" if you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the 5 is Hwy 33. Once down the Grapevine you take 166 west to the 33, and then 33 north right up to Coalinga and Harris Ranch. It might not be quite as fast, but it's in great condition and worth taking at least once just to see a bit more of California.

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Harris Ranch is an ok place to stop, but you really ought to try Jocko's in Nipomo or the Hitching Post Steakhouse in Casmalia. Or, Alex BBQ in Shell Beach. All are better choices than Harris Ranch, and all are off the 101. It's a completely win-win solution. I-5 is currently pretty much busted up or under construction, and driving a coach would NOT be fun.
Thank all of you for the great information. I like the 101 and the 33 idea. I always go up the 99 and very rarely the 5. Both the 101 & 33 would be a nice change of scenery. Unfortunatly my friends WANT to stop at Harris Ranch. I agree with you Automobilist that your suggestions sound much better but, but , but you get the idea, I think I'm stuck.
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Unfortunatly my friends WANT to stop at Harris Ranch.
Are your friends paying for your meal at Harris Ranch? The last time we stopped there was probably 15 years ago and they were mighty proud of their menu items back then - we ended up across the highway at fast food...
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